International Dredging Review

International Dredging Review

Reevaluation Report and EIS Released for Deepening Mobile Harbor Channel

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District has released the draft Mobile Harbor, Mobile, Alabama Integrated General Reevaluation Report with Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft GRR/SEIS) for a 45-day public comment period. In June 2014, the Alabama State Port Authority requested the Corps consider increasing the depth and width… Read More

Ohio State and Federal Agencies Look to Beneficial Use as Open-Lake Disposal Ban Approaches

The State of Ohio has many reasons to be thinking about dredged material – its confined disposal facilities (CDFs) are reaching their capacity, and as of July 2020, open-lake placement of dredged material will be banned in all Ohio harbors. With shrinking budgets removing less material and fewer places to… Read More

Indiana’s In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Approved by the Corps

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville, Detroit and Chicago Districts approved the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) In-Lieu Fee Program Instrument. In-Lieu Fee (ILF) mitigation allows a permittee to purchase credits from an ILF Program instead of completing project-specific mitigation or purchasing credits from an approved mitigation bank. Read More

Corps Seeks Restoration Project Candidates for the Chesapeake Bay

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore and Norfolk Districts, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), have released the main report of the draft Chesapeake Bay Comprehensive Water Resources and Restoration Plan. This plan informs government and non-government of the problems, needs and opportunities within the 64,000-square-mile… Read More

Environmental Activists Urged to Look at Facts

On March 30 Worth Hager president of the National Waterways Conference (NWC) defended the Corps of Engineers and denigrated the latest report issued by the National Wildlife Federation and Taxpayers for Common Sense. |!|I've seen the new 'Crossroads' report. It appears to be a rehash of previous claims and innuendoes and is a testament to the willingness of these groups to risk our country's economic base in order to reach the goal of transferring the wetlands decision-making process [Section 404] away from the Corps of Engineers. They mistakenly assume that the full value of a project is reflected in the benefit-cost analyses performed by the Corps of Engineers. A benefit-cost analysis only relays the national economic benefits of a project not the regional economic and social benefits such as reduced air pollution congestion mitigation safety security reduced transportation rates by other modes and recreational opportunities she said. If those extremist activists were really serious about being 'environmental' they would join their European Green Party counterparts in championing the development of waterways (which provide the most environmentally-friendly mode of transporting goods) she said. (See full report in IDR Online.) Read More

Federal Budget Shortchanges Channel Maintenance

The American Association of Port Authorities expressed alarm on February 3 that the administrations fiscal year 2005 (FY05) budget for the Corps of Engineers Civil Works projects fails to adequately fund critical deep-draft navigation projects. The group called for release of funds from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF). Based on the fy 05 budget just announced the fund surplus is expected to grow by an additional $377 million between fy 04 and fy 05 to more than $2.6 billion. Read More